Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chiaroscuro

"In the open spaces, mostly along the line of the old road, there were little hillside farms: sometimes with all the buildings standing, sometimes with only one or two, and sometimes with only a lone chimney or fast-filling cellar. Weeds and briers reigned, and furtive wild things rustled in the undergrowth. Upon everything was a haze of restlessness and oppression; a touch of the unreal and the grotesque, as if some vital element of perspective or chiaroscuro were awry." The Colour Out of Space H.P. Lovecraft



Photo taken on the Quabbin Reservoir reservation land. One of the farms that was dismantled when the reservoir was built in the 1930's. Lovecraft used the building of the reservoir and the removal of the towns and farms from the valley as the backdrop for the story. This is about a mile from my house.